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Mexico City to Host Third In-Season Test

Third in-season Formula E test scheduled for day after February’s Mexico City E-Prix…

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The third in-season ABB FIA Formula E Championship test is set to take place at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Sunday, Feb. 17 following the Mexico City E-Prix.

The test day will be the final opportunity for the new Gen 2 cars to run outside of races this season and will be limited to registered race drivers.

The six-hour test will come after similar opportunities on the days after the Ad Diriyah and Marrakesh races in December and January.

Formula E reserves the right to hold six official test days per season, with three taking place before the season begins.

The 2018-19 season will see the maximum allocation of days taken up for the first time, with the in-season days in Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Mexico coming after three pre-season test days in Valencia last month.

Formula E Holdings chose not to run an official test in addition to the Marrakesh event last season, as it was deemed unnecessary during the final season of the Gen 1 cars, with a media test event taking place in Mexico City instead.

Each of this season’s three test days, which take place following the third, second and fourth rounds of the championship, will allow teams to address technical and race format issues that arise early in the campaign.

Private testing is unable to take place until later in the year, and with cars freighted direct from Mexico City to Hong Kong, teams will have no further opportunity for practical on-track running outside of official sessions.

“Being clever and finding things about the car and how to work the strategies on the new race format is going to be key at these in-season tests,” Envision Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird told e-racing365.

“Remember last year when Techeetah came away from the Marrakesh test with a big increase in performance.

“It was obvious they had found a fundamental improvement in probably software and being clever with race strategy and all the numbers and figures that they were good at.

“We are in a similar position this year as a customer so we have to really work hard at these tests, and Mexico City will be pretty useful for us.”

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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